Long-time lurker, first time poster. :)
I was replacing the drywall on the ceiling of a room this past weekend, when I discovered the end of a live wire tucked into bracing between the joists. Surprise! I didn't hit it with metal or get shocked, but I sure wasn't expecting to see it there...
I have figured out which circuit it's on, but whoever wired this house had a pretty creative approach, and the circuit winds its way over half the house, so the fact that the wire heads in a particular direction isn't helping me much. (It's obviously at the end of the run though.)
While I have the ceiling open, I'd really like to track down what the other end of this wire is connected to and disconnect it right, but is there any other approach apart from disassembling each fixture or receptacle on the circuit to see where it's being fed from?
I may end up doing that, but it'll take a minimum of a half-day to disassemble each outlet, run downstairs to re-power it and test each wire coming into the box. Is there any other approach?
Would I be completely terrible if I stagger-cut and taped the ends, wire-nutted it off and put it in a proper box mounted on one of the joists above the ceiling?